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First, visual timelines are pretty!
And second, they are useful: When you integrate them into actual video players, you can use them for navigation! With a little practise, you can differentiate scenes, and skip to parts that interest you. In a talk recording, you can see when the slides change, or where the Q&A begins. We think this makes video navigation more efficient, precise, and active.
The Timelens project (formerly known as nordlicht) was started by Sebastian Morr, a computer scientist, programmer, and designer from Germany. He's enthusiastic about free licenses, food, and minimalism, and he values autonomy, creativity, and curiosity. He has attended a scientific workshop on Origami in the Caribbean, backpacked through Japan, and is drawing algorithm assembly instructions.
When he stumbled over the moviebarcode Tumblr in 2011, he immediately wanted two things: An efficient tool for generating these "visual timelines" himself. And a really good integration into video players, so they could be used for navigation!
Now, supported by the Prototype Fund, he can make that vision a reality!